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Tara Shadduck

This is great news that Senator Tim Kaine is continuing his role as co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus. It is important that we have the house and senate's support in Career and Technical Education. Kaine made an impact on the Every Student Succeeds Act, with respect to CTE. He introduced an amendment that would designate CTE as a "core subject."

Trumps current vision on education, as noted on donaldtrump.com is to "ensure that the opportunity to attend a two or four-year college, or to pursue a trade or a skill set through vocational and technical education, will be easier to access, pay for, and finish." This provides for an equality of opportunity.

Trump also proposed a $20 billion federal plan to dramatically expand school choice for low-income students. His plan would allow students to use federal funds to help them attend private, charter, magnet, and traditional public schools of their choice. Will this promote quality education?

Our biggest hope, in regards to support from President Trump, is that he builds a relationship with Congress to form strong education policies. Congress has been actively pushing legislation through, particularly with laws related to CTE. Recently, the House of Representatives approved reauthorizations of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. “The Education and The Workforce Committee,” also talks about the recent K-12 education reform that was introduced, “the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” This will help young Americans enter the workforce with the needed skills and knowledge. These legislations, help further diversity and equity in education. The Perkins Act helps special populations, including individuals with disabilities and individuals from economically disadvantaged families to enroll and complete CTE programs, preparing them for high-skill and high-wage employment. With all of the recent positive attention to CTE, we can only hope that the trump administration jumps on board to further push CTE and diversity in the right direction.

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The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Our mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce, and we strive to empower educators to deliver high-quality career and technical (CTE) programs that ensure all students are positioned for career success. Please contact us at [email protected].

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